Goff Makes UMRA History at Anderson; Tharp, Chapman, Edsall and Robbins
Also Score Feature Victories
Fortville driver Terry Goff made history by recording the 116th win of his UMRA
midget career at Anderson Speedway on Saturday on Last Chance Wrecker Night.
Goff passed his nephew, Johnny Goff with an inside pass coming off the fourth
corner and went on to record his fourth consecutive win of the year and fifth of
The win gave Goff sole possession of second place on the UMRA win list snapping
a tie with Rick Meyer. Ronnie Ambrose holds the UMRA record with 134 wins.
Johnny Goff took the lead on the second lap but his uncle moved into third with
an outside pass.
Terry Goff moved into the second spot with an inside pass of his son and then
grabbed the lead from his nephew.
Scott Petry started last in the 12-car field and was running fifth after six
laps and moved into fourth after 12 circuits with an outside pass of Brandon
Gray on the front straight.
On lap 20 Petry slowed and pulled into the infield and Gray made contact with a
lapped car, hit the outside retaining wall on the back straight and rolled over.
Gray was uninjured.
Terry Goff led a Goff family sweep of the top three position followed by his
son, Jason and nephew Johnny. Doug Roland and Robbie Roland rounded out the top
“We have a pretty good set-up here,” Goff said of his victory. “It means a lot
to pass Rick Meyer, he was one of my idols growing up. I always wanted to be as
good as Rick.”
Rickie Tharp led the entire 20 laps to capture the Front Wheel Drive oval
feature and was pressed over the final half of the race by Chris Teepe.
Behind Tharp there was good racing for the second through fifth positions
between Teepe, Brad Bell, Ron Phipps, Gary Bragg Sr. and Jeff Williams.
Williams passed Phipps with an inside move on the front straight to claim the
third spot with Jerry Dane rounding out the top five.
Curtis Chapman got inside of James Peterson on the back straight on the third
circuit and then for the next 22 laps held off point’s leader Rod Phipps for the
Chapman ran a consistent line with Phipps looking on the outside and an inside
for a way to grab the lead. Peterson finished third followed by Randy Hoppes and
Tim Peterson took the early lead chased by Danny Stanley Jr., but the two made
contact at the crossover on lap three spinning through the infield grass and
giving Chapman the lead that he never relinquished.
Elwood’s John Robbins won a race of attrition in the Legend’s division with half
of the cars running at the finish that started the race.
Robbins and Taylor Webb passed Ben Rhodes using the inside line on lap seven and
went on to record the win.
The race was slowed eight times by cautions, many of them involving front
Bryan Nuckles spun on lap five while running fourth. On lap six, James Edsall
III and David Moyes III spun on the back straight while battling for the lead
and on lap 10 Rhodes spun while running third.
Chris Weddle and Doug Dugger made contact in turn three while battling for
Robbins and Webb were followed by Andrea Hans, Marty Griffin and Zack Carter.
For Robbins it was his third consecutive win at Anderson Speedway.
James Edsall III passed Al Renner with an inside move entering turn three to
keep his winning streak alive in the Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters.
Renner took the lead and was chased by Edsall from the start and in the middle
stages of the race Edsall turned up the pressure. When Renner slipped on lap 19
coming off the fourth corner it allowed Edsall to get inside. The two raced
side-by-side until entering turn three.
Edsall went on to win followed by Renner, Chris Weddle, Darrell Brown and Doug
The Champion Racing Association Street Stock’s for their third of four
appearances next Saturday for a 75-lap feature event. Joining the CRA Street
Stocks are the WMDH ThunderCars and the Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 division.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Holiday Inn Express & Suite’s Night at the Races
with racing starting at 8 p.m.